Time Management Tips

Freelancers work at their own pace and at their own time. However, with the demand for work, excellent time management skills are highly needed for productivity. Be it in the family or your day-to-day schedule, it’s tough to juggle all of these, most especially when loads of work begin to pile up.

One of the biggest internal battles that everyone is facing, not only freelancers, is TIME MANAGEMENT. How you value your time and allocate the number of hours in a day determines the success and production rate of your goal that you set every day. To effectively manage your time, here are some tips that will keep your eye on the ball.


Time Management Tips

1. Identify the priorities and stick to them.

We all have different commitments and responsibilities in life in our family, career, and business. The question is, what keeps you busy? Are the things you do right now worth all the effort towards your goal? What consumes your day?

We all have different priorities. Your priorities may be different from the others. How you set your priorities depends on the things that matter to you the most. Identifying your priorities is the first step in time management. You need to ask yourself the most important things. What makes you happy, and what is it that you want? When you know what your priorities are, you know what to treasure and what to value. When you have finally figured it out, you have a clear direction on what you want to start first.


2. Plan ahead 

If you don’t plan, you will be doing things that are not valuable, and it is a waste of time. Not planning ahead is quite costly, and our main rival is time itself, and you don’t have much of it. Planning ahead means directing your day to allocate sufficient time to complete the tasks and get to your routine to be more efficient and productive.

Some of the secret to success is preparation, hard work, and learning from failures. Part of the preparation process is to plan ahead to identify the things you have accomplished and the things have not in a day. To do so, make a daily schedule and go into details like allocating specific time to finish a task and stick to your routine.


3. Say no to distractions that lose your focus.

Facebook and other social media sites are the leading distractors that deviate many from their focus. That is because of easy access to the internet. You can easily access and browse these sites. Not knowing you have already spent 20-30 minutes of your time scrolling for nothing. The time you spent scrolling on FB and other social media sites could have been enough to get one task done.

So it is still a matter of self-discipline. To have effective time management skills, you need to deviate yourself from doing things not written on your schedule.


4. Delegate tasks and chores

Even the “Super you” need support. There will be a limited output if you work independently regardless of how much hard work you put into it. Trying to do things on your own might result in poor quality, missed deadlines, and burnout. Often, freelancers keep on accepting projects even though their hands are full and the schedule is tight. So, to avoid this from happening, it is better to delegate the task to lessen the burden, as the saying goes. “If you want to go fast, walk alone; if you want to go far, walk together.” You need a team who can work with you to get things done right away.


5. Evaluate at the end of the day

Sit back and think about what you have accomplished and the things you missed on that day. By simply looking back to your schedule, you can identify:

  • The things you have achieved
  • Things you missed
  • What took so long to finish a specific task
  • Why does it take you so long to accomplish the task, and so on

With these, you already have a guide for improvement and better scheduling next time around.


6. Create a Checklist for the Next Day

A checklist helps you to be more organized and not miss anything in the process. It’s easy to forget things you need to do in a day, but you can avoid this if you have a checklist. Some of the benefits of having a checklist are the following:

• Save time

Instead of remembering the things you will be doing on that day, you can make most of those time doing the tasks.

• Productive

You can easily prioritize the most important task and keep track of what you do that day.

• Motivate

A checklist motivates you to take action and complete the task. Since a checklist makes you more successful and productive, it motivates you to work on what you have written.


7. Rest

After all the hard work and getting things done, you need to reward yourself too. It might be having a vacation, pampering yourself, or simply taking good sleep and not doing anything to at least give you time to breathe and relax. You can only do so much in working so hard. If you fail to give your body a rest, you might be burned out. You might just be working so hard to pay the bill for the hospitalization. Even God rested on the seventh day, so you also have to do the same.

Effectively managing time can be very challenging for some. Time management takes self-control, self-discipline, and commitment to stick to schedules. Time is the scarcest resource. Unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.-Peter Drucker.

I hope these time management tips mentioned will help your freelancing to be thriving. Subscribe, and listen to The Freelancing Marketplace Podcast to access FREE freelancing guides and tips. And if you need the training to learn how to start a freelancing career, click here: https://academy.surgedigital.agency/.

Surge Digital Agency

Author Since: September 18, 2020

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